Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
This guidance covers delivery, transfer and storage of dry raw materials. Your supplier may deliver dry raw materials to your site on wagons, and you may then transfer them to storage areas by conveyers. They may be stored in stockpiles or stock pens.
Handling, mixing and drying of raw materials can release particulates into the air and can cause air pollution. Particulates are small, airborne fragments such as dust.
If you dry sand or other minerals you will need to comply with the requirements set out in the 'Process Guidance Note 3/15b (04) Secretary of State's Guidance for Mineral Drying and Cooling'.
These methods can reduce the amount of raw material your process uses, the amount of water you use for washing down and the amount of wastewater you produce.
If you receive deliveries of dusty materials, you should:
Where possible, store all dusty, or potentially dusty, materials in fully enclosed containers, such as in silos, or in confined storage areas within buildings.
If you store materials outside:
If you transfer dry materials from wagons to storage areas using a conveyer, you can reduce spillage by:
If you sample delivered material on receipt, you should carry out the sampling within an enclosed area, and preferably under cover.
Where necessary, use wheel-washing facilities at exits onto public highways.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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